A procedure for the preparation of rat liver microsomal fractions essentially devoid of contaminating lysosomes is described. When this preparation was examined by immunoblotting with a rabbit antiserum to rat 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase, a single band corresponding to an Mr of 100000 was observed. No evidence was found for glycosylation of rat liver-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase. Native rat liver microsomal 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase differs from the purified proteolytically modified species in that it displays allosteric kinetics towards NADPH.

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